HOKISA (Homes for Kids in South Africa) was founded in 2001 in Cape Town as a South African nonprofit NGO (Non Governmental Organisation) to contribute in the fight against AIDS by creating examples of care especially for those who are most vulnerable – the children.

It is the aim of HOKISA to empower members of poor communities where HIV/AIDS is most devastating. No money is spent for office buildings or costly administration. Donations go directly to the HOKISA Children’s Home and the care of the children. All childcare workers are residents in the same township community and have had the opportunity to grow and develop their skills.

We understand this as a concrete way to promote openness around HIV/AIDS, and to educate against the stigma and denial around the disease by setting examples of effective care and honest communication.

On December 1, 2002 (World AIDS Day) the first HOKISA Home was opened in the township of Masiphumelele, south of Cape Town, by Archbishop (em.) Desmond Tutu. This HOKISA Home was named by the community: HOKISA IKAYA LETHU – HOKISA OUR HOME.

HOKISA cares for up to twenty children in a family-like environment seven days a week, 24 hours a day. People have recognized the improvement in health and wellbeing of some children who arrived at the home very sick. A careful assessment of the situation of each child is part of the admission process. Where ever possible, family members are encouraged to keep in touch with the child.

HOKISA provides training and skills development: Since the opening we have organised workshops for all staff members around topics like: “Facts around HIV/AIDS”, “Early Childhood Education”, “Nutrious food for children with a weak immune system”, “Management and Bookkeeping”, “1st Aid” and “Personal Budgeting”.

HOKISA supports HIV/Aids awareness: A youth group meets regularly at the HOKISA Peace House, to see educational films and to have discussions around issues that are relevant to the youth in the township – often but not always related to HIV. Educational outreach to the greater community of Masiphumelele and beyond is part of our work.

HOKISA supports people living with HIV/Aids: We help individuals to apply for financial support like the disability grant, and where needed, we help with food parcels until such a grant comes into effect.

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